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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2016
Question for written answer E-003891-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jeppe Kofod (S&D)

 Subject:  Import from third countries of leather products produced under unacceptable animal welfare conditions
 Answer in writing 

The animal welfare organisation PETA has long drawn attention to the wretched and downright irresponsible conditions under which a number of leather, skin and fur products imported into the EU from third countries are produced. These products are sold to European consumers who have no way of telling whether leather products from India or China, for example, are produced in a responsible way as regards animal welfare.

1. Is the Commission aware of the irresponsible conditions, from an animal welfare perspective, under which these products are produced?

2. Is there any way, under current legislation, to introduce a general ban on the import of products which are wholly or partly produced under irresponsible conditions as regards animal welfare, including conditions which would be illegal in the EU?

3. What measures does the Commission propose to take to prevent or at least restrict the import of products that are produced irresponsibly from an animal welfare point of view, e.g. certain leather products?

Original language of question: DA 
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